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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Coping with Denialism: How Street-Level Bureaucrats Adapted and Responded to COVID-19 in Tanzania (with Thespina Yamanis and Henry Mollel) 2021. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 9349128.

Local interest group activity and environmental degradation in authoritarian regimes (with Marina Povitkina) 2021. World Development 142 105425.

Open Data from Authoritarian Regimes: New Opportunities, New Challenges. (with Rachael McLellan) 2021. Perspective on Politics 19(1): 50-170. Perspectives on Politics.

Life Under Lockdown: Illustrating Tradeoffs in South Africa’s Response to COVID-19. (with Moraka N Makhura) 2021. World Development 137: January 2021, 105168.

When Does Transparency Improve Public Services? Street-level Discretion, Information, and Targeting. (with Monika Bauhr) 2020. Public Administration. Early View.

Gendered Accountability: When and Why Do Women’s Policy Priorities Get Implemented? (with Valeriya Mechkova) 2020. European Political Science Review, 1-19.

Who gets what — and how efficiently? Incorporating distributional concerns into the measurement of local government efficiency. 2019. Research & Politics 6(3).

Money Flows, Water Trickles: Understanding Patterns of Decentralized Water Provision in Tanzania. 2017. World Development 93: 16-30.

The Open Budget Index: An Innovative Tool for Measuring Budget Transparency. (with Jan Siefert and Elena Mondo) 2013. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 15(1): 87-101.

Improving Transparency and Accountability in the Budget Process: An Assessment of Recent Initiatives. 2013. Development Policy Review 31(s1): s49-s67.

Budget Transparency Around The World: Results From The 2008 Open Budget Survey. (with Paolo De Renzio, Warren Krafchik And Vivek Ramkumar.) 2009. OECD Journal on Budgeting 9(2): 1-17.

Book Chapters

"Adapting COVID-19 containment in Africa: Lessons from Tanzania" (with Thespina Yamanis and Henry Mollel). 2021. In Coronavirus Politics: The Comparative Politics and Policy of COVID-19, eds. Scott L. Greer, Elizabeth J. King, André Peralta-Santos, Elize Massard da Fonseca. University of Michigan Press.

"Governance Beyond the State: Social Institutions and Service Delivery" (with Ellen Lust). 2021. In Oxford Handbook of Quality of Government, eds. Marcia Grimes, Monica Bauhr, Andreas Bågenholm, Bo Rothstein. Oxford University Press.

Working Papers

Who cares during crisis? New global gender data on time poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic. (with Tara Patricia Cookson, Lorena Fuentes, and Alex Berryhill). Ladysmith Working Paper: July 2021.

Assessing the Costs and Benefits of COVID-19 Containment Strategies in Africa. Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) Users Working Paper 2021:40. (February 2021).

Dissecting Aid Fragmentation: Levels of Analysis and Metrics of Success. (with Sebastian Ziaja). German Development Institute (DIE) Discussion Paper 17/2021.

Work in Progress

“The Power of Ideas: Understanding State Capacity Through Ideational Reach and Relative Power.” (with Frida Börang and Anna Persson)

“State-Building in Multi-ethnic Societies: Origins of National Identity in Tanzania.” (with Ameet Morjaria and Joris Mueller).

“Beyond Buildings: Comparing physical and effective access to public services.” (with Monika Bauhr)

“Politicized Aid Does Harm: American Exceptionalism and Global Health.” (with Sebastian Ziaja)

Policy Reports and Short Pieces

Comparing Military and Human Security Spending: Key Findings and Methodological Notes. May 2022. UN Women.

A gender data snapshot of life during COVID-19: Survey on Gender Equality at Home Report. (with Tara Patricia Cookson, Lorena Fuentes, and Alex Berryhill) September 2020. Facebook Data for Good.

A Vicious Cycle? Understanding Constraints on the Expression of Demand for Improved Service Delivery. September 2019. APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter 17(3): 21-24.

"Decentralization and the delivery of water and sanitation services in Tanzania." (with Jamie Boex) September 2017. World Bank Water Global Practice and Governance Global Practice.

Beyond the State: Measuring Governance at the Community Level. (with Adam Harris, Kristen Kao, Pierre Landry, Ellen Lust and Lise Rakner) June 2017. APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter 16(1): 26-29.

"Identifying and overcoming binding constraints to rural water services for the B40 in Tanzania." June 2017. WASH Poverty Diagnostic commissioned by the World Bank.

"`The Users' in Technology-for-Transparency-and-Accountability Initiatives: Assumptions and Realities" (with Rosemary McGee) October 2013. Learning study commissioned by Hivos.

Raising The Stakes: The Impact of HakiElimu's Advocacy Work on Education Policy and Budget in Tanzania. (with Rosemary McGee.) 2013. International Budget Partnership Case Study No. 12.